Autumn is in the air in Houston. The mornings are crisper and cooler and the evenings longer. There's the scent of wood smoke from bonfires and the sounds of football games echoing off high school stadium walls.
There are plenty of things inside of vehicles to distract motorists from the task at hand -- driving. Smartphones, fiddling with the radio or other dashboard controls, food and drink, bickering children and even casual conversations with passengers all contribute to the problem of distracted driving.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video that's currently circulating on Facebook and on various media sites must be a gold mine. The video clearly demonstrates the results of distracted driving.
Houston traffic can be brutal. This is especially true during rush hours as drivers head to work or back home to their families. Simply navigating around the metro area during peak times can add an hour or more to your commute each way.
Houston residents have to deal with distracted drivers all the time on the interstate and highways. Approximately one-quarter of deaths in auto accidents are attributed to driver distraction.
One of the latest trends is wearable technology. Smartwatches are sported on the wrists of those eager to join the ranks of the always-connected.
Driving in and around Houston can be challenging with all of the traffic clogging the highways and interstates. Making it even worse are drivers who are distracted by their cellphones or other electronic devices.
We've all done it at one time or another. Whether you sipped on a Starbucks, nibbled on nachos or chowed down on a chicken sandwich, at some point, everyone with a license has eaten or drunk something while tooling down the road.
If you're like many Houston drivers, hardly a day passes when you don't encounter a wreck on the interstate. If you think that you have been seeing more than the usual number of serious collisions (or their immediate aftermaths), you may be onto something.
With the ubiquity of cell phones, distracted driving is a problem for all Americans. These handheld devices are handy to have, but when used behind the wheel of a car, they can be deadly.